I met with an excellent business last week ( not a big corporate like a google or Facebook ) who employed one of these. Being from an older generation, I am generally very negative about this sort of mumbo jumbo in businesses, but the guy was making a huge and obvious contribution to their relatively small business.
I then did the Upbeats walk on Saturday morning , surrounded by Charlton fans of all ages who literally were prepared to go the extra mile or nine for the club community. We also had the very dignified and heartfelt tribute to PC Keith Palmer on Tuesday .
It struck me that there is still a huge untapped potential amongst the supporter base who view the club as their ‘roots’ , a symbol of community , family and belonging. You only have to look at the incredible array of creative and organisational talent that has been utilised by the CARD campaign to realise what the club are missing out on.
We all know that Roland and Katrien are completely clueless and have no idea how to run a football club or how to tap into this latent energy and goodwill.
However , I really hope that our new owners appoint someone with a specific brief to rebuild the club with a unique and inspirational culture of which we can all be immensely proud.
Its a great opportunity for someone and what a fabulous job that would be ?
Here is my mate Jerry and his Jack Russell Gaddafi before our walk yesterday.
Another home game , another shockingly awful performance. Admittedly, we have the poorest playing squad I have ever seen in 50 years at The Valley ( and I’ve said that all season) , but Karl seems to have welded the worst set of players we have ever had to completely unfathomable tactics and structure to create an unstoppable disaster.
Robinson’s motivational talk to the players implying that none of them will be here next season – whilst entirely accurate- seems to have the ( not entirely surprising) affect of turning them all off. The one exception appears to be Ricky Holmes who spiritedly and regularly tries to beat all 11 opposition players before the 4th or 5th dispossess him.
We have gone from a depressing defensive minded structure under Slade to an (even more) useless, depressing and completely open diamond/wing back structure under Robinson.
Going to games has become unbearably miserable , its definitely not fun on any level. In the East Stand where I sit, fans who have been going for years clash and argue in front of their children and grandchildren – it makes you want to cry when you realise what a complete shambles the club has become.
Organisations go through evolution and revolution and Charlton will soon have a Revolution
The revolution will result in the replacement of the Owner, the Chief Executive, the Manager and nearly all the players. It cannot come soon enough
…………. and we shall be cleansed and renewal will arrive.
All Charlton fans should listen to the latest and final instalment of the excellent ‘ Getting to know the Network’ , link here http://www.gettingtoknowthenetwork.com/episode-four-the-end-game/
None of it is surprising and most was in the public domain anyway, but bearing in mind that Roland is apparently a highly intelligent individual -most , if not all, of his key decisions on Charlton have shown a complete lack of common sense.
No common sense in
- Appointing a CEO with no experience, either in football or of being a CEO
- Selling the team’s best players almost immediately after takeover instead of building around them
- Using Thomas Dreisen as the key scout/voice on transfers when he has never played football and only recommends players from videos
- Alienating the fan base with nonsense about them being customers rather than owning the club.
- Hiring managers ( lots of them) and using players ( lots of them) most of them without prior experience of managing or playing in the English Championship.
- the list is endless ……………………………………..
We can only hope that the nightmare will soon come to an end, – the continuing low profile/disappearance of Katrien is surely a hopeful sign that a change of ownership is on the way. It can’t come soon enough.
Meantime, lets all support the team and the memory of Keith Palmer on Tuesday and the Upbeats walk on the 8th. I shall be doing the walk and I’m in intensive training today , which means I might have to walk to the pub tonight
Whether you are still going every week to Charlton or whether you are part of the huge majority of disaffected or absentee fans, forget your antipathy to the useless ownership and our relentless decline and get your arse down to Charlton on Tuesday April 4th.
Keith Palmer was a true public servant who gave his life for all of us.His attacker was yet another of those useless inadequate, talentless, brainless tossers whose only contribution to the world is completely pointless misery.
Get down the Valley on April 4th , get all of your friends and give everything for Keith – he was a Charlton fan – part of us – our family – our tribe.
He gave everything for us and we need to give everything for his memory.
Am I the only person who thinks that this trial is absolutely ridiculous and a complete waste of public money- the bloke didn’t hit the bird which was completely unharmed. If anything, the idiot in charge of the mascot should be jailed for parading in front of the Charlton fans to incite a riot.
What next ? Palace fan tried to throttle seagull – but didn’t, – Leicester fan lashed out at Magpie but missed. Scunthorpe fan torments a tiger but gets ignored.
Everyone , probably Charlton and Palace wanted to lump Pardew , but no one did.
So we are playing the mighty Walsall at home in the 3rd division, time to assume they are Barcelona, let’s play one bloke up front who can’t really head and play wingers and full backs all over the pitch who cross the ball in and watch it sail over his head or get headed back by the Walsall centre halves.
When eventually someone on the coaching staff points out to the boss that it really is Walsall in the 3rd division and not Barcelona and why don’t we try 2 blokes up front including one who can head , lo and behold, we finally create some pressure and score a goal.
The minute the team sheet was announced any fan with half a brain knew that it wouldn’t work, but apparently our manager thought otherwise. The one consistent thing about Robinsons team selection and tactics is that they are inconsistent.
How many fullbacks do you need in the team ? Page, Chicksen and Byrne all playing , at least one of them surplus to requirements.
Another shockingly awful performance in a season full of them.
I was talking to my mate today who goes pretty much every week and we both agreed ( it’s now March) that at The Valley we had only seen ONE decent performance ALL SEASON which was the win over Bristol Rovers – at this lowest level of the league for us, it’s almost unbelievable